Badbury Rings & Bluebell Woods at Pamphill

This morning I took a trip up to Badbury Rings to have a look for some Early Purple Orchids (Orchis mascula).  I did manage to find a few, with the best examples being on the northern side of the site on the middle ring, but they really aren’t too abundant.

After leaving Badbury Rings, I drove across to Pamphill, and had a wander around the woods next to the church, and met a gentleman who’s father “Harry’s Walk” in these woods had been named after.  Anyway, I was pointed in the direction of the Bluebell woods just off All Fools Lane.

I have to say that I think these are the finest bluebell woods that I have ever seen, they were a complete carpet of blue, and certainly give the well known Micheldever Woods in Hampshire a run for their money.

Here are some photographs from earlier today.

 

Orchid Season Starts at Corfe Mullen Meadows

I’ve missed the Early Spider Orchids at Dancing  Ledge this year, so my orchid season has started with the Green Winged Orchids (Orchis morio) at Corfe Mullen Meadows today.

There is a good show of fresh looking orchids this year, and I successfully located one of the all white forms this year, which I failed to do last year, so I was pleased.

The best of todays shots are included below.